I am so very sorry that it has taken me such a long time to write back to your kind letters! Things have been changing around here, and in all the kerfuffle my correspondence has become almost non-existent. Mrs. Wickon’s ball sounds like it was lovely! I do wish that I had been old enough to attend! Although ‘tis odd not having a maid, I am actually enjoying learning to cook and clean and sew as every young lady should. Guess what? I have a new favorite food! Sweet potatoes and apples! It is very sweet because it is covered in maple syrup and melted butter. Best of all is that I know how to cook it! We got a new brick fireplace to cook in. I love it! We should definitely have a tea party sometime with our dolls! I am going to try and make myself a dress. That is just like Rose’s, wouldn’t that be lovely? Well I am sorry that this letter is not 7 pages but Mother has a need of me in the kitchen!
Love, your best friend, Rachel